Located less than 5km from Letterkenny is a 400 year old wheat and flax mill. Considered to be the oldest building in the town, the Newmills Mill is a wonderful testimony to the industrial boom of yesteryear .
The visit of the Mill is free, and will give you access to one of the largest waterwheels in Ireland.
This one, still in use, was once used to operate the mechanisms needed to crush wheat or flax in a stone millstone.
The entire mill has been beautifully preserved, and the tools present seem never to have moved. You will thus be able to discover the old methods of working wheat and flax, through the tools of the time, the means put in place, and the local artisanal techniques. An enriching way to approach the peasant life of the 18th century in Ireland!
Note that it is possible to view a small 17-minute video documentary, presented in English, which includes the History of the Newmills. It is shown approximately every hour, and presents a historical vision of the industrial development in Ireland, using the example of the Newmills Mill… A very playful and interesting video!
from the end of May to the end of September, every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm